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Rise to Excellence

A Special Edition from the Office of the President

The President's Commission on Human Relations and Equity (PCHRE)

Spring 2013 - Respect for Difference



Fresno State is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), reflecting the rich diversity of Central California.




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Diversity Connections

A Strategic Plan for Inclusion, Respect and Equity (ASPIRE)

Since our last newsletter, the President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity (PCHRE) developed and the president adopted the diversity plan.

During the fall 2012 semester, the PCHRE reviewed and revised the diversity plan based on feedback from the campus community. An updated version of the plan was circulated to key constituent groups including: Committee for Faculty Equity and Diversity (CFED), Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, Academic Senate, Administrative Roundtable, and the President's Committee on Disabilities (PCD). An open campus forum was also held to present the updated diversity plan.

In early January, the diversity plan was submitted to President Welty with the commission’s recommended approval for adoption. President Welty formally adopted the plan on January 6, 2013.

At the beginning of the spring 2013 semester, the commission began to develop brochures for each constituent group within the campus and extended community. In addition to these marketing efforts, Dr. Jody Hironaka-Juteau began assisting the commission with the implementation and establishment of a communication plan. Dr. Hironaka-Juteau, currently an American Council Education (ACE) Fellow, welcomed the opportunity to support the commission with this important effort as part of her fellowship project.

Under the leadership of Chair Cynthia Teniente-Matson and Dr. Jody Hironaka-Juteau, the commission has prioritized the plan’s strategy and action items, and identified the division responsible for implementing each strategy and action item of the plan.

Dr. Xuanning Fu also led the effort to establish indicators that serve as guiding principles for each theme of the diversity plan, and to align the indicators with the university’s strategic plan. This was another significant accomplishment as it was an important step in moving the diversity plan forward. 

In February, the commission selected a title for the diversity plan: A Strategic Plan for Inclusion, Respect and Equity (ASPIRE). President Welty also updated his diversity and inclusion statement to align with the commission’s work as well as the components of ASPIRE. 

The PCHRE Implementation Team is currently redesigning the PCHRE website to make it more visible to the campus community and highlight diversity efforts across the campus. For exemplars of the university's current diversity initiatives, please visit the Diversity Matters website.

We look forward to the launch of ASPIRE, which will be introduced to the campus community during Vintage Days (April 19-21) and Diversity Awareness Week (April 21-27).

We hope that you will join in supporting the commission’s implementation efforts. Diversity is everyone’s responsibility and we encourage you to get involved in the implementation of ASPIRE. You can get involved by:

Fresno State Seeks 'Diversity Fully Realized' with Diversity Awareness

Fresno State will celebrate its rich diversity April 21-27 with the annual Diversity Awareness Week. The event kicks off with an opening ceremony at 12:00 p.m., Monday, April 22 in the Free Speech Area and will feature Aztec dancers, Hip-Hop dancers, Japanese dancers, songs interpreted through Sign Language and a community dance with the Deaf Community.

Diversity Awareness Week 2013 boasts a full week of more than15 activities and events including a multicultural film festival, the first Study Abroad Fair, an Inter-Faith Cross-Cultural Fashion Show and the campus’ annual Diversity Conference. Participating programs include Asian Faculty and Staff Association, the Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute, Cineculture, Continuing and Global Education, Deaf Studies, the Henry Madden Library, International Affairs, Researchers and Critical Educators, USU Productions and the President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity. Funding is provided by the Division of Student Affairs.

“GOAL: Increased Cross-Cultural Interaction at Fresno State” is the theme of this year’s Diversity Conference coordinated by the Cultural Heritage Institute and scheduled for Friday, April 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The conference will employ a “charette” style process where students, faculty, staff, and administrators will engage in developing a procedure that facilitates, acknowledges and rewards groups and individuals for cross-cultural interaction.

Keynote speaker Joshua Fredenburg, author, television commentator and leadership expert, will open and close the conference, as well as observe and process with the participants throughout the day.

For more information on Diversity Awareness Week or to register for the Diversity Conference click here or call the Center for Women and Culture at 559.278.6946.

Center for the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Faculty, Staff and Administrators

The University’s recently adopted Diversity Plan identifies as one of its four major themes, the recruitment, development and support of employees. The Center for the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Faculty, Staff and Administrators (CRRUFSA), was established in the spring of 2013 as one of the key components to address this theme. 

Dean Luz Gonzalez was appointed to the Director’s position for 18 months to develop an implementation plan and to launch initial activities. Professor Alex Espinoza, Department of English, and Professor Malik Raheem, Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation, were appointed to a one-year term (2013-14) as co-coordinators of research and program activities.

The Center’s goals include:

  1. Develop programs and activities designed to encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers as faculty members and administrators.
  2. Provide assistance and advice to hiring units within the University to attract underrepresented populations to apply for positions.
  3. To develop a pool of prospective candidates for positions with emphasis on candidates from Central California.
  4. To develop activities which assist underrepresented employees to advance their careers within the University.

For more information about the Center for the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Faculty, Staff and Administrators (CRRUFSA), contact Dean Luz Gonzalez at luzg@csufresno.edu.

Inside this Issue:

Plan for Excellence IV CORE VALUES

  1. Student success that leads to lifelong learning and rewarding careers.
  2. Respect for difference.
  3. Solutions-oriented engagement with Central California challenges.
  4. Ethical citizenship and stewardship.
  5. Responsible and open inquiry, dialogue, and expression.
  6. Integrity-based leadership.